It is important to be at school every day

To get the most out of education, children need to go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes.[i] Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.[ii]

Parents can encourage their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education.

Poor school attendance patterns can start as early as Year 1. It is important that from the first day of school parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of ten days of school a term adds up to missing two full years of schooling by the end of Year 10.[iii]

It is important to remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school. These laws apply to all students in government and non-government schools.

All Australian governments have agreed to a school attendance target for 2019 where all schools will achieve a minimum of 90 per cent attendance.


  • Talk positively about attending school and learning
  • Help your child get into a routine for getting ready to go to school stress-free
  • Help your child to get ready for school in the morning
  • Talk about the positive social of the school environment:
    • Friends
    • Favourite classes
    • Favourite teachers


  • Talk with your teenager about their long term goals and dreams and how school can help them achieve their dreams

[i] Purdie & Buckley, 2010.

[ii] Biddle, 2014.

[iii] Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee, 2012.